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Moonstruck, Issue 1

[fa icon="calendar"] Jul 21, 2017 9:40:08 AM / by Suzanne Krohn

We took a break from playing Dream Daddy to read the first issue of Moonstruck, a new paranormal coffeeshop romance comic from Grace Ellis and Shae Beagle. It's really cute and fun and romancey. It'll make your day better.

Topics: review

Moonstruck Cover
Title: Moonstruck
Creators: Format: Ebook Print
Color: Color
Romanceiness: Romantic Elements
Heat: PG13
Tags: character of color lesbian paranormal fantasy
Where to Buy or Read:

Pick it up at your Local Comic Book Shop!

(You can also get it on Comixology)

Synopsis from the Creator:

From the first issue:

A NEW ONGOING SERIES from Lumberjanes creator GRACE ELLIS and talented newcomer SHAE BEAGLE that tells a story of monsters, romance, and magical hijinks! The first arc also includes an additional short story with artist KATE LETH! Fantasy creatures are living typical, unremarkable lives alongside humans, and barista Julie strives to be the most unremarkable of all. Normal job, normal almost-girlfriend, normal...werewolf transformations that happen when she gets upset? Yikes! But all bets are off when she and her centaur best friend Chet find themselves in the middle of a magical conspiracy. Will Julie and Chet be able to save their friends? Is Julie's dogged determination to be normal a lost cause? Who's going to watch the coffee shop while our heroes are out saving the world?? These questions and more will be answered in MOONSTRUCK, coming July 19 from Image Comics.

Love In Panels' Review:

Issue 1 was a delightful exercise in world-building, with character introductions and little bits of plot underscored by various creatures and magical happenings in the background.

Our main characters appear to be a writer/barista werewolf and her centaur BFF and fellow barista. Julie, the wolfy one, is at the beginning of a relationship and, though we haven't yet met the lady of her affection, I'm already shipping them. Chet, a punny centaur with an ambiguous gender identity, appears to be crushing hard on a minotaur who comes in for coffee regularly.

There's also a book-within-a-book, which is total catnip for me. It's as if the creators sat down, said "what are the best things in the world? coffee? books? magic?" and then put them all in one comic.

The art is fittingly adorable and the storyline (so far) is a mix of humor, pathos, and warm fuzzies.

I'm already signed up for more.